Facial Palsy

Facial Palsy & Treatment

What is facial palsy?

Facial palsy refers to weakness of the face, due to temporary or permanent damage to the nerve that supplies the facial muscles – the facial nerve (CN VII).

What causes facial palsy?

Facial palsy can occur as a result of the following conditions:

    • Tumours: Acoustic neuroma or facial nerve tumour, or in parotid gland and brainstem
    • Stroke
    • Traumatic brain injury, particularly with facial or skull fractures
    • Viral infections, such Bell’s palsy and Ramsay Hunt syndrome.
    • Bacterial infections such as Lyme disease or following a middle ear infection.
    • Neurological conditions such as Neurofibromatosis 2, or Guillain-Barré syndrome.
    • Birth trauma: for example caused by forceps or facial presentation delivery.
    • Congenital conditions
    • Autoimmune disorders such as sarcoidosis
    • Rare genetic syndromes such as Moebius syndrome or CHARGE syndrome.
    • Vascular masses

    How can neurological physiotherapy help?

    Klint has a special interest in facial rehabilitation, and we draw on our clinical and overseas experience to deliver quality care in this group of clients. It is particularly important to work on this area delicately as improper treatment can increase unwanted movement, spasms and pain.

    We adopt careful techniques in teaching you neuromuscular retraining, which allows you to regain control and coordination of your face following injury or disease. Each client will undergo careful evaluation and assessment, to determine whether you would be appropriate for neuromuscular retraining at that particular point in time during your recovery.

    Our therapies can assist to:

    • restore tissue mobility
    • improve facial and jaw symmetry
    • improve lip seal and closure, resulting in better
    • improve speech diction
    • coordinate facial muscles appropriately
    • improve facial expressions
    • improve confidence and self esteem
    • improve sensory feedback
    • improve facial tone

    During the recovery process, we will adopt some neuroplasticity principles in the form of sensory and motor relearning to assist you in relearning movement and guide you accordingly with objective outcomes so you can rest assured that your progress is carefully documented and checked during each consultation.

    We may also consider referring you to other health professionals to assist in your care, depending on your specific needs.

    For more information and helpful advice, contact us today.